Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Cadenza new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Cadenza new car review

By Eric Peters One of the most successful luxury cars ever is the Lexus ES. Along with another Lexus – the LS – it ate Mercedes’ and BMW’s lunch  . .  . and didn’t leave a tip. Lately, the Koreans – the Kia-Hyundai conglomerate – have been trying to do to the Japanese what they did to the […]

Eric Peters: Metastasis

Eric Peters: Metastasis

By Eric Peters Cancer is never cured – it merely goes into remission. You think it’s over and then . . . Just so, the apparently never-ending diesel emissions “scandal.” Mercedes-Benz, now. It has become the target of a criminal inquisition in Germany. Polizei in Stuttgart raided company offices there and seized materials which they plan to use as evidence that […]

Eric Peters: Two wheeled Red Barchettas

Eric Peters: Two wheeled Red Barchettas

By Eric Peters Motorcycles will probably prove to be the real-life Red Barchettas. You may remember the great Libertarian anthem by the classic rock band, Rush. It depicts a future world in which private cars are verboten since passage of the Motor Law. But an old heretic, a Giles Corey of tomorrow, has illegally kept a sports car – the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lincoln Continental new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lincoln Continental new car review

By Eric Peters Comebacks are never easy – but they are doable. Ask Cadillac. Not so very long ago, GM’s luxury car division was on the mat, the count at seven or eight. Cadillac had lost its mojo, traded it for Metamucil. Its cars weren’t even gaudy anymore. Just old. Then an ether-fed cold start. Over […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru BRZ new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru BRZ new car review

By Eric Peters What if Porsche sold minivans? Even if it was a really top-drawer minivan, it’d be a tough sell – because most Porsche buyers aren’t minivan buyers. Eskimos and ice. Subaru faces a similar challenge trying to find buyers for its rear-wheel-drive/two-door BRZ coupe. Subaru people like cars with more than two doors – and […]

Eric Peters: Demonizing the Demon (again)

Eric Peters: Demonizing the Demon (again)

By Eric Peters People who are jealous of their right to own firearms know how important it is to mercilessly stomp even the slightest suggestion that their right to own a gun be restricted in some manner, no matter how trivial it may seem. Because the principle at stake is critical. If it is acceptable to chip away […]

Eric Peters: Whatever happened to CNG-powered cars . . . ?

Eric Peters: Whatever happened to CNG-powered cars . . . ?

By Eric Peters It’s interesting to speculate about why solutions that would have actually worked – which did work –  seem to always just kind of .  . .   go away.  Not the fabled 100 MPG carburetor. That probably never existed. But how about cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG)? They did exist. And – much more interesting […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Compass new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Compass new car review

By Eric Peters It’s a really good sign that Fiat continues to invest money in new Jeeps – like this just-updated 2017 Compass. It suggests there is a future for Jeep. Probably because Jeeps sell. For Chrysler, the future looks iffier. Not much investment – and just two models available for sale, one of them (the 300 […]

Eric Peters: Air-cooled oddballs – outlawed by Uncle

Eric Peters: Air-cooled oddballs – outlawed by Uncle

By Eric Peters Cars used to be like motorcycles still are (for now). You could even buy them with air-cooled engines, just like you can still buy bikes with air-cooled engines. No radiator to leak or water pump to fail or hoses to burst and leave you stuck by the side of the road – […]

Eric Peters: The anti-diesel jihad expands

Eric Peters: The anti-diesel jihad expands

By Eric Peters For reasons that aren’t inscrutable (give me a minute – I’ll explain) the jihadagainst diesels  is metastasizing to include FiatChrysler. The combine – which subsumes the Jeep and Ram truck brands – has been accused of selling diesels that emit “as much as 20 times” the maximum allowable quantity of an exhaust byproduct, oxides […]

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